Starting Waypoint: Piedimonte’s Church
Total length: 4.5 Km
Lower point: 580m
Highest Point: 740m
You can download here the full GPS track.
Finally, after a long time, ElianGT is with me again: hence we can declare opened season 2 of this blog!
Rare graphical representation of ElianGT, that you can see in yellow skin
At 6:30 AM we arrive at Piedimonte’s Church, the starting point of a ring that we planned to do looooong ago.
Ready to go boy!
We immediately found the first cache, hidden right there, then headed for the trail with no doubt. Piedimonte is a place I visited a lot when I was younger, but never ever I adventured past of it. And there’s a lot to discover there! There’s a little river, called “Fosso dell’Aghezzola”, where I used to play a long time ago, and during this walk, it was to be waded by us many times!
What should we do?
(Just a note: when we came back we discovered that all these wadings could be avoided by a side-track trail 😀 But it was funnier in this way)
After 2 wades the next crossings of the river were instead easier due to some handmade bridges.
Bridge over Troubled Water!
After the last one, we arrived at Maesta’ di Ariacci, a little sanctuary near the river.
The second cache of the day was hidden there, and this time is ElianGT to discover it.
From there a little uphill trail started, and the landscape really began to show itself.
As you can see from the mountain, the sun started gazing upon us
Going on with the trail, at a certain point we abruptly turned right and, past the crossing, we reached the third cache. This time ElianGT really was on another level, since he found the cache while I was about to read the description!
Shoot took while Elian was getting the cache.
This cache, as the name can lead to thinking, is part of a route of 10 caches, but we came here from the other side. In the future, we will surely do the route also from the western side and we will try to get all the caches!
From here we started going downhill and the trail was really messy, with a ton of trees and plants in the middle of it. We had to crouch many times to avoid branches!
What a mess!
After a bit, we reached our beloved river and we waded it for the last time!
Then the trail went all uphill, and we started dripping sweat. Nothing too difficult to be fair: after a while, we turned left and we finally were able to see Ca’ Ciriegiolo!
The ruin on the far right is Ca’ Ciriegiolo.
We headed up there and started searching for the last cache of the day. This time I found it 🙂
We then gave a look at the old manor… it’s crumbling down!
The trail is right under these rocks
From here the trail was not very clear, but going left would have brought us to the beginning of the “official” trail; we instead went on right, since we were headed back to Piedimonte.
View from the top
We started going downhill for a while, and we went back to Riaccio, a closed house near Maesta’ di Ariacci. The house seems in good conditions, but it’s closed and also equipped with a lot of warning signs. With a closer look we noticed that the walls seemed inflated, so probably there are issues with the foundations.
Knock knock – who’s there – this guy (cit. Russ Hunneman)
Then going two steps down we went back to the initial trail, and in a couple of minutes, we went back to Piedimonte.
It was a nice walk and I think we were pretty quick: probably we are improving our hiking techniques!
Can’t wait for the next week walk, I already have 3-4 different ideas on where to go, and the good season is coming. Getting really excited for this summer!